Having that space wasn’t always so easy. CRLC started as Las Mariposas almost 10 years ago, and was run out of Anderson’s Mango Tree Imports store outside of Ballston Spa. As more languages were offered, the decision came to change the name, and then to peel off the endeavor from Mango Tree entirely when the shop relocated into the village proper.
Since then, CRLC has only grown. A second location was opened in Colonie three years ago, and it was at the beginning of June that branch relocated into more spacious offices on Aviation Road.
Having the physical space is a boon to the language programming, but CRLC takes its show on the road, too, especially to local schools. Last year, LEAP! (Language Enrichment and Arts Program) was pioneered and teachers headed to schools to offer affordable, after-school classes. It’s worth it to give children an opportunity to learn a language their school doesn’t offer, Anderson said.
“The benefits of learning another language are really countless,” she said, and that goes for all ages. “For people that are a little bit older, research is out there that it really does help keep the brain young.”
You can find more information about CRLC at www.crlcalbany.org or by calling 884-4652.