The Learning Company (TLC) is an American educational software company, founded in 1980.
The original The Learning Company was founded by Ann McCormick, Leslie Grimm, Teri Perl, three women educators who saw the Apple II as an opportunity to enhance the ability to teach young children concepts of math, reading and science, along with Warren Robinett, fresh from a stint at Atari. Part of the original funding for the company came from a National Science Foundation grant. Additional funding was provided by Jack Melchor, and Melchor Venture Partners, among others. The Learning Company first went public on April 28, 1992 - Morgan Stanley and Robertson, Stephens & Co. served as the lead underwriters. In 1995 TLC became the target of larger software firms interested in purchasing it. In that year a "bidding war" took place between Brøderbund and SoftKey, with the latter eventually acquiring TLC for $606 million in cash.
As of December 17, 2008, TLC closed its online store, leaving their products to be found at retail stores and other online distributors.