It's not uncommon for universities to have their own daycares for employees' children, and big cities like Boston and Chicago have them, too. I'm not aware of any smaller city that does it. Probably a steep barrier in terms of start-up and operating costs against a smaller population in need.Part of the case for setting up your own center would be an acute shortage of supply in the community at large. If this were so, a stipend might not help much, and the City daycare would release some space for other working parents in the private sector.Another pro-diversity thought is to make any dependent-care stipend apply to elder care and to adult family with disabilities. This makes it more useful to employees without kids of their own and removes a potential point of resentment.Lastly, there are some exciting examples of intergenerational daycare where kids and elders benefit from socializing together. The City might partner with an aging-services agency to start such a facility with priority enrollment to parents or children of City workers.