About Us

Founding History

Elzadie, better known as “Zadie,” is the Owner/Founder and Executive Director of Zadie’s Nurturing Den and Zadie’s of the Oranges, Inc., though her less formal title is Caregiver.

Elzadie B. Smith was born and raised in Tifton, Georgia. She, her husband of more than 35 years, G. Winston Smith, and their three children resided in Decatur, Georgia until her husband’s job transferred him to New Jersey. Relocating to Summit proved to be a momentous occasion for the Smith family.

With children aged 10 months to 11 years, Zadie began looking for quality childcare comparable to the hands-on care that her children received in Georgia. It was a near impossible task.

After years of settling for what she considered to be sub-par care and nurturing for her children, Zadie began pursuing her vision of providing superior care for children of working parents. Three months after attending a session at Programs for Parents, a federally funded program which teaches the basics of starting a home-based child-care business, Zadie was nurturing her first five babies in her home. Quickly, the number of children grew to 20 and Zadie was faced with finding more adequate space. The Smiths would have to overcome many obstacles before the dream could be realized. And overcome them they did. In the fall of 2001, Zadie’s Nurturing Den opened its doors, providing a warm and nurturing place for children.

Today, Zadie’s Nurturing Den is run by Zadie her daughter, Winifred Smith and a phenomenal staff dedicated to fulfilling the mission of Zadie’s. This mother-daughter team has made Zadie’s Nurturing Den a state-of-the-art facility for childcare that is unmatched by any other. With their success, Zadie and Winifred have expanded their care into the new Zadie’s House, a state-of-the-art, home-based family childcare operation where infants are nurtured and enriched with early learning experiences, and into Zadie’s of the Oranges, a state-of-the-art childcare facility located in East Orange, New Jersey. Zadie’s of the Oranges is operated by Winifred Smith, Erin Smith and another set of amazing staff members.

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141 South Harrison Street
East Orange, NJ 07018

Also visit our location in Summit, Zadie's Nurturing Den.