John Swartz from Kiddie Academy Signs with Sylvan Learning; Brings Leading Technology/Education Franchise Statewide Count to 24

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The leading supplemental and enrichment education franchise has continued to appeal to franchisees by providing online learning resources and in-person school support for families adapting to school systems impacted by COVID-19.

Sylvan Learning, a leading provider of supplemental and enrichment education for students in grades K-12 with more than 750 points of presence worldwide, is now expanding its footprint to Vancouver with the signing of John Swartz from early-learning brand Kiddie Academy. This new signing brings the leading technology and education franchise statewide count to 24, with an opportunity to add locations in seven more territories.

Swartz, a Vancouver resident, opened his Kiddie Academy at the end of 2019. In 2020, when COVID-19 sent the education industry spiraling, Swartz saw an opportunity to do even more for his community. In addition to preparing young children for kindergarten at Kiddie Academy, Swartz decided to provide a supplemental educational service for older students who have been suffering from the disruption to their school year. Swartz says he signed on to bring Sylvan Learning to his community in the hope to provide a reliable resource for parents who are struggling to teach at home.

“There is a huge need for distance-learning support at this time,” Swartz said. “With kids’ learning delayed due to COVID-19, I hope to provide supplemental education to close this growing gap as the school year has been constantly up in the air. Owning a Kiddie Academy first, I noticed that I wanted to not only help prepare young children for kindergarten, but also provide guidance and tutoring as the educational journey continues during the elementary school years with Sylvan Learning.”

For more than 40 years, Sylvan Learning has been focused on building academic confidence, igniting intellectual curiosity and inspiring a love for learning — all of which make a big impact in school and in life. Since its founding in 1979, Sylvan Learning has become the leading supplemental and enrichment education franchise in North America thanks to its mission-driven philosophy, educational technology, community-oriented approach and strong franchisee support infrastructure.

Because of its ongoing investment in technology solutions and breadth of content and delivery options provided in-center, in-home and online, Sylvan has been uniquely positioned to respond to parents’ needs in these challenging times. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sylvan Learning has worked hard to support parents. First, in March, Sylvan Learning introduced a virtual tutoring option as school districts transitioned to remote learning. The company is also continuing to utilize its proprietary software, SylvanSync™, which provides teachers and students with adaptive practice sessions. As the school year approached, the brand announced the launch of School Support, a program that provides a variety of services to help children stay on track and parents manage the complexities of this current school year.

As a result of its flexible and innovative offering, the industry-leading learning franchise is continuing to grow. Those who are interested in franchising with Sylvan Learning have the option to provide services completely virtually or offer in-person support to students during their regular virtual school days. By offering a much-needed service during COVID-19, Sylvan Learning franchisees have the opportunity to help families across America during this difficult time.

“John will be able to make a difference in their community by bringing Sylvan Learning to the families of Vancouver,” said CEO John McAuliffe. “The Sylvan Learning system is stronger, more nimble and more united than ever. We have ramped up our already-strong training for instruction, local marketing and technology for our franchise owners and expanded our reach for families and students. There is more demand for our services than ever, and we are excited to continue partnering with qualified franchisees to bring Sylvan Learning to new areas across the country.”

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With more than 40 years of experience and more than 750 points of presence throughout North America, Sylvan Learning is the leading provider of personal learning for students in grades K-12. Sylvan is transforming how students learn, inspiring them to succeed in school and in life. Sylvan’s proven tutoring approach blends amazing teachers with SylvanSync™ technology on the iPad® for an engaging learning experience. Sylvan also leads the way with Sylvan EDGE — STEM and accelerated courses — and Sylvan Prep — college and test prep courses. Sylvan supports families through every stage of the academic journey. For more information, visit or

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