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.

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