Chase Capital Partners, Chase Manhattan Corp.'s global private equity group, led a group of investors to acquire La Petite Academy Inc., a Kansas City, Mo.-based chain of child-care centers, for an undisclosed price.

Vestar Capital Partners, which sold its controlling interest in the company, and the company's senior management will retain about a 10% stake in La Petite. The deal, announced Friday, is scheduled to close in early May.

Chase Securities Inc. is acting as an adviser on the acquisition, and Chase Manhattan will arrange up to $210 million of senior and subordinated debt facilities.

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