(1) An applicable child care or early childhood education program participating in the quality rating and improvement system developed pursuant to section 71-1955 may apply no more than once each fiscal year to have its quality scale rating reviewed.
(2) A participant shall meet all of the quality rating criteria for a step-two rating prior to applying for a step-three, step-four, or step-five rating. To meet quality rating criteria for a step-three, step-four, or step-five rating, a participant shall be independently evaluated based upon the quality rating criteria.
(3) A participant with a quality scale rating at step two through step four shall be reevaluated at least once every two fiscal years but no more than once in any fiscal year, including any review pursuant to subsection (1) of this section. A participant with a quality scale rating at step five shall be reevaluated at least once every five years but no more than once in any fiscal year. If a participant has achieved accreditation and is being reevaluated by a nationally recognized accrediting body approved by the State Department of Education, the state shall make reasonable efforts to conduct its reevaluation in the same fiscal year that the accrediting body is reevaluating the program.