Saturday, May 19, 2018

FREE CMV Prevention Tool Kit for Schools/Families


FULL GENERAL LIST of CMV Prevention for Child Care Providers

Excellent short CMV prevention education video:

1. "Staff Education and Policies on Cytomegalovirus (CMV)," American Academy of Pediatrics, American Public Health Association, National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education. (Revised 2017). National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs. Retrieved from Caring for Our Children: You can download that page as a pdf by clicking on the upper right side of the webpage: "Save as PDF"

2.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) CMV info available in English and Spanish:
"Congenital CMV Facts for Pregnant Women and Parents"
3. National CMV Foundation features several types of CMV flyers for downloading and hanging on your wall such as:

4. Utah created English/Spanish brochures specifically for childcare providers:

5. Check your state’s childcare care licensing department, department of health, department of labor, and local universities with occupational medicine and public health programs. CMV is a bloodborne Pathogen. See Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for bloodborne pathogens:

7. provides factsheet on CMV and mentions childcare workers:

9. "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children" by Lisa Saunders published by ChildCare Aware of America (June 2017).

10.  Handwashing: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a video and posters on handwashing procedures and what to do if soap and water are not available:

11. Connecticut Department of Public Health (CT DPH) website has flyers and information: The National CMV Foundation allowed the CT DPH to embed their logo in their “Are You Pregnant” National CMV Awareness Flyer.
You may wish to distribute the above flyer with this letter from Dr. Brenda Balch on the back:

For social media, a photo of the flyer will be easier to share. Find the jpeg of “Are You Pregnant” by the National CMV Foundation at:

If you need a pdf of the above flyer with information relevant for childcare providers from CT DPH, then:

12. Article, “Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV” by Lisa Saunders published by National CMV Foundation (March 5, 2018)

13. NAEYC: National Association for the Education of Young Children and its "Early Childhood Program Standards and Accreditation Criteria and Guidance for Assessment (10.D.01, p.91)" includes: "a. steps to reduce occupational hazards such as infectious diseases (e.g., exposure of pregnant staff to CMV [cytomegalovirus], chicken pox)..." Find their accredited childcare centers/preschools

14. Need CMV articles? See my Bibliography at:

15. Song for mothers who learned too late about protecting their unborn child from congenital CMV--"Had I Known (about CMV): by Debra Lynn Alt

Materials produced by the "ChildCare Providers Fighting CMV" project

1) Above-sink wall flyer on hand-washing, "Share a Meal Not the Germs" 
Colored in version of wall sign, "Share a Meal Not the Germs" :

Above-sink wall flyer for hand-washing, "Diaper Wipes Don't Kill CMV"

For children to color in version: "Share a Meal Not the Germs":

2) Wall Flyer For Women Who Care for Toddlers: 

3) Fun Teaching Tool Kit for Students and Families: Fairytale tells how to “Share a Meal, Not the Germs.”
Click here for free, two-pages of story and placemat for coloring.  
a. An educational “coloring book, Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale by Lisa Saunders and Jackie Tortora. Free pdf version of Once Upon a Placemat: A Table Setting Tale (or the educational fairy tale can be purchased as a bound coloring book, visit Amazon for $5.38). Or, download the words only for a one-page read a loud. OR, READ THE 2ND EDITION IN COLOR. Click here for PowerPoint or pdf
b. Placemats: Side one: Placemat with tableware characters with space for your coloring artist's name (perfect for laminating and using as a table-setting reminder):
c. Side two: Germ prevention tips and hand-washing instructions.

5) Book, Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV: People can click here for the free 133-page pdf manuscript or at:

6) PowerPoint Presentation:" Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV": Available as:

c. YouTube Presentation by Lisa Saunders:
7) Warning Photograph for Wall/Sharing on Social Media:

Suggested lesson plan for children

Staff can work into STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) theme*

Read aloud the fairytale, "Once Upon a Placemat: A Table-Setting Tale," then share a meal together. Help the children wash their hands and set their place setting by referring to the tableware characters. You can say things like, "remember, Mr. Knife is afraid the dish will run away with the spoon, so put his teeth toward Mr. Plate" and "Miss Cup hates it when people share her without giving her a bath first because of those naughty germs." 

If possible, give each child a "share a meal, not the germs" picnic kit with these suggested items:  

*STEAM is a popular way to package and present the interconnectedness of  Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math in the regular curriculum. When you talk about germs, the coloring book, “Once Upon a Placemat” (Art and Literacy), introduces germs (science, biology) in a format that integrates the arts.  Drawing and writing activities can be planned to further integrate those domains.  Teachers can further bring in technology and engineering by designing activities that help the children to "invent" equipment or machines to help better wash hands, keep food fresh and germ free, etc.  Math can enter into the plan by graphing how long children wash their hands, how often they wash their hands, keep track how many uses the classrooms get out of a single pump bottle of hand soap, etc. With a little more thought (and a few trips to Pinterest!) lots of germ-based activities can be created and integrated.

Lisa Saunders, Founder of “ChildCare Providers Againt CMV” 
Lisa Saunders, a former licensed childcare provider and graduate of Cornell University, was instrumental in helping Connecticut pass a CMV testing law in 2015. She is the parent representative of the Congenital Cytomegalovirus Foundation, an award-winning writer, and SEC-TV talk show host living in Mystic, Connecticut, with her husband, Jim. She is the content coordinator for the magazine, Groton-Mystic Neighbors, author of 10 books, and a part-time history interpreter at Mystic Seaport.  Lisa writes extensively about congenital CMV in her books and through articles such as "The Danger of Spreading CMV: How We Can Protect Our Children" (ChildCare Aware of America, 2017) and “Help Childcare Providers Fight CMV” (National CMV Foundation, 2018) Lisa's CMV-related books include:

Japan: Elizabeth and Riley the Miracle Dog (Japanese translation of Anything But a Dog! The perfect pet for a girl with congenital CMV). (S. Nakai, Trans.) Tokoyo: Thousands of Books Japan. Retrieved from

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