I was not aware of this, but there has been a push over the past few years of public funding for early childhood education in the US. This is really a good thing, at least insofar as it is funding play-based education that can actually help kids learn and grow, and not just sitting four-year-olds in a chair to take tests.
Another glimmer of hope is that the tides may be turning on the mercantilized charter school model of education. Apparently it has become too clear to too many people that privatized education a la charter schools just doesn't work for achieving better learning among poor students, and does a lot of harm in the meanwhile. Civil society and even government is pushing back against the charter school paradigm, and that's a very good thing.