OverviewThe Learning Company was co-founded in 1980 as The Learning Co. by Ann McCormick, Leslie Grimm and Frona Kahn and based in California. The first releases focused on teaching young children math, reading and science skills. The most lucrative properties the company developed were Super Solvers, Reader Rabbit and ClueFinders. The company joined the New York Stock Exchange in 1992.
In December 1995 The Learning Co. was acquired by SoftKey International. In October 1996, SoftKey International changed its company name to The Learning Company, Inc. and relocated it to Cambridge, Massachusetts. The company was listed on the New York Stock Exchange with Ticker Symbol TLC, and the TLC initials were added to the company logo. The company also operated the subsidiary TLC Properties, Inc. from the same location.
Acquisitions by The Learning Company, Inc. included:
The Learning Company became a brand of Houghton Mifflin Company (now Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in 2006 when Riverdeep merged with that company.
Also Known As
TriviaMost locations in the United States that originally belonged to The Learning Company, Inc. (1996-1999) were used by Mattel Interactive after their acquisition of TLC in May 1999 until October 2000. Telephone and Fax numbers remained the same. Any locations that were unique to either company are listed at the bottom.
The Learning Company, Inc. (Main headquarters) and TLC Properties, Inc. (subsidiary)
Mattel Interactive (Cambridge office)
One Athenaeum Street
Cambridge, MA 02142
Toll Free Phone: 1-800-227-5609
Customer Service: 617-761-3000
The Learning Company, Inc. website: www.learningco.com
Mattel Interactive websites: www.mattelinteractive.com - www.mattel-interactive.com - www.thelearningcompany.com
Internet Solutions Group
600 Worcester Road
6493 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555
Novato branch: (Mindscape)
88 Rowland Way
Novato, CA 94945
Additional Novato location (Mattel Interactive only):
The Learning Company School
500 Redwood Blvd
Novato, CA 94947
Note: This location was called Riverdeep in 2004
Riverdeep's Learning Company website: www.learningcompany.com
Minneapolis branch (The Learning Company, Inc. only):
6160 Summit Drive North
Minneapolis, MN 55430
Hiawatha office (Mattel Interactive only):
1 Martha's Way
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233
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