As much as I wanted to accept the District's first infant-care center at Hart Junior High {Metro, Jan. 14}, I could not. What swayed my usual supportive attitude toward the subject was the fact that children at Hart and at Ballou High School between the ages of 12 and 17 gave birth to 111 babies last year. That is a ludicrous number of births for teen-agers at two schools with a combined attendance of approximately 2,800. My home town in Texas with a comparable population has never generated that many babies in one year.

According to Sharman Dennis, coordinator of the Hart program, this particular D.C. ward has the "highest teen-age pregnancy and infant mortality rates in the city."

Isn't that statement proof enough that funds should be requested or distributed for programs other than training teen-age children to be mothers? More appropriate funds aimed at sex education and birth control would help eliminate the problem of child mothers dropping out of school and of trying to teach children the art of parenting at such an early age.

Birth control -- condoms, diaphragms and pills -- clearly should be made readily available to all students at these schools. Although this may not be socially acceptable, I hardly think the untimely, and probably unwanted, teen-age pregnancies can be considered acceptable by any standard.

I agree with Hart's principal: these children do not have an easy time in school, and they do need encouragement and friends -- but more important, they need an education in the fundamentals of birth control.

The idea of 12 spaces in the center for babies is nice, but who is going to care for the other 99 babies and more when sexually uneducated teens produce babies next year and in years to come? SHELLEY BONSALL Washington